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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006

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233
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1,003
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.21%
 
 
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31
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Photo of kgs
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a yummy, very food-friendly IPA with a lovely marigold color. It is assertively hoppy but well-balanced, with subdued grapefruit and orange flavors that complement strong food flavors such as blue cheese and bacon. The mouthfeel is crisp but not thin, which again plays into this beer's food-friendliness -- the optimal texture for sipping between bites of food. It was particularly good after ten minutes or so, when it was not quite so cold and the malt flavor came forward. The carbonation is just enough to scrub the palate between bites without distracting the mouth with too much effervescence.

I had this on tap with a bacon cheeseburger (medium-rare, Maytag blue cheese) and will think of it often after leaving Madison this week.

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Photo of eallured
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich gold, a great color example of pale ale. A little hazy and moderate head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is wonderfully citrusy and floral Cascdes. A hint of carmel might be there too. Pleasant bittrness is light enough to let the lighter malt sweetness to come through. Taste is citrusy with a little grassyness. Very appropriate carbonation level and good finish, maybe a bit of residual sweetness and lots of residual hops. A nice and hoppy pale APA but lacking a bit in the malt backing. Overall quite drinkable.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

on tap @ the Ale Asylum

A light straw color, very clear, moving towards copper in the very center and thanks to a moderate haze on this one. A 1-2 cm head forms on top, leaving some sticky lacing. This one looks nice at the start. The smell is kind of normal, just a moderate citrus hop presence comes to the nose, mixed in with a light powdery maltiness. The taste comes out first with a light lemon-lime flavor. There's also sort of a hop tea flavor, kind of herbal, leafy, floral - but actually hop tea light might be better. The idea sort of comes because of the lack of malt presence here (but to be honest, the hop presence isn't impressive or overwhelming either). This one is very, very dry - which may also detract from the maltiness I desire, at best I can taste a bit of milled/crushed barley, but without the sweetness. No bread, no caramel. This one really tastes like the average American Pale Ale if I had to say so. The mouthfeel was really thin, very watery. The hoppiness is really the only thing in the body that would help me distinguish this from water - in terms of body alone. This one is very easy to drink - thanks to the wateriness. But it really is not that enjoyable I guess. Actually, the best way to describe it is that it is stuck somewhere bteween what I expect. If you have time, I have a little side note I'd like to go into: with APAs, there seem to be two schools of thought: (i) make the beer malty, kind of bready - a bit more body, but still light in color compared to other styles, add some hops, enough that you notice the flavor and aroma, not a lot of bitterness, but a good citrus presence - not too resinous though, (ii) make it light in color and light in body and light in alcohol, pump it up with hops, especially dry hops, to really show off one particular variety, you let the hoppy flavors carry the mouthfeel and the flavor and everything. Now back to the beer - this one is stuck between the two of these, it had the hop profile of type i but the body of type ii, which is not exactly the best combination to my taste buds.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells strongly of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a good bitterness level. Tastes of strong hops up front and throughout, slight hint of fruit, sweet malt, toffee, sand slight pine. Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of marcpal
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from the fine man Maximum12. Poured into a Dogfish shaped pint glass and enjoyed on a night earlier this week.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Pretty run of the mill, shiny orange color with a thin lacing and mid level head.

S: Sure, you can smell the hops but not as much as name would lead you to believe. For some reason, I get something of a rye scent out of the nose.

T: Pretty standard pale ale with no real rye but some aspect of malted breadiness. It may be the expectation from the name, but I was pretty much not blown away as I was thinking I would or may be.

M: Fairly thick body for an APA that had a solid bready texture. If this makes sense, it has the mouthfeel of a homebrew or a small brewpub.

D: The hops are not one of those that will leave you wanting more, seems to be more of an APA that has bittering late stage hops than anything else. Not a bad pale ale by any means, just not unique or anything that sets it apart.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with a finger of head. Not much, but a little lacing going from the top to the middle of the glass.

Smell: A noticeable caramel malt, but a little bit of citrus here as well.

Taste: Initial flavor is bitter with the caramel malts making their appearance. Following the initial flavor of malt is a very pleasant mixture of grapefruit and orange peel. I need a six pack of this in my fridge at all times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and well carbonated. Goes down quite easily. A little hop oil coats itself throughout my mouth. A nice crisp beer.

Drinkability: I think this could fall into the IPA category instead of an APA, but regardless I find this very enjoyable. Most of the APA's I have had have not had this much hop flavor to them, but I find it very pleasant. One of my favorite beers, and it's nice living only a few miles away from the brewery. The ABV is hidden quite well, and this could definitely be a session beer.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my nonic tumbler, the ale appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of creamy off white head. Tastes and aromas are of resinous pine, grapefruit pith, grassy, bitter, caramelized malt, a touch of orange. About medium bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra received in a trade, I think it was from DRINKNDRIVE.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is very light golden, straw colored. It's effervescent with a signature gigantic foamy Saison head. It recedes slowly leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is peppery phenols with some light citrus in the form of apples, lemons, and oranges. A low level of floral hops is evident. The malt is pretty light beneath the other aromas and the alcohol is hidden.

The flavor is peppery with orange and lemon. The malt character is soft beneath the fruit. The hops are low but noticeable, imparting earthiness to the flavor. There's a hint of tartness. The finish is spicy, fruity, and dry. The alcohol is well masked throughout.

The beer is light bodied with high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured an orange gold color with a 1.5" off-white foamy head. The head retained for a very long time and eventually settled to a dense cap. Huge amounts of sticky sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Lots of Cascade hops here - grapefruit with a hint of pine all day long. Some mild malty sweetness in there too.

T= Similar to the aroma, the flavor of this hoppy pale ale was full of a solid grapefruity and piney freshness. Pale and caramel malts took a backseat to the hops but hung in there enough to provide a nice balance.

MF= Medium bodied with a nice carbonation crispness.

D= A damn drinkable and very enjoyable APA here. Would drink this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Lothore
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, foggy, orange hue with a nice, creamy 2 finger head after a vigorous pour.

S- Smells grassy with some generic wheaty tones.

T- Tastes starts off a little harsh, maybe a bit mettalic but moves into a nice strong wave of grassy hops and a long bitter finish for an APA. I know it's not too descriptive but it's very homebrewesque.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- This is a nice little APA which reminds me a lot of my homebrewed apa. Refreshing.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Light copper color with about 1 finger of head using a standard pour into a pint glass. The head recedes quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S--Biscuity malts, citrus and floral hops. Orange peels, white grapes, grapefruit. Smells yummy!

T--I was almost sure that the hop taste of this was going to be too subdued, I don't know why I pre-judged it but I'm glad I proved myself wrong. This is about perfect as far as APA's go, IMO. Its not a style that I usually praise because I prefer huge DIPA hop bombs, but Ale Asylum got it right here. VERY well balanced with a noticeable malt sweetness that is pleasantly overshadowed by a crisp citrus hop flavor that is damn good.

M--Medium bodied with a soft pillow of carbonation and not much aftertaste

D--Great session beer here, perfectly drinkable and this would be good during any season and with any meal.

Overall, I have to say I love this beer. Its tough for me to rate beers like this because it becomes a struggle between rating it on its own merit vs. rating it versus the style. I would say that as far as the style goes this is an A+, but I must also take into account that it is not a style known for huge flavor (which I love), and therefore does not stack up against the other beers I consider to be the best. In the end, I will settle with the score I gave it and give Ale Asylum themselves an A+ for doing a great job with this beer

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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this in an anonymous little Wisconsin town. Glad to find some Ale Asylum within driving distance, I picked up both varietals they carried. Poured into my stylin' Lost Abbey chalice, provided by the incomparable Cloudskipper.

Off the road we go. Looks suspiciously like an APA with a persistent head. Smell is pretty hoppy.

Taste is a little less so, almost a mix of a hefe & an IPA. There's a definite hop presence, but not nearly as aggressive as your typical IPA. Along for the gallop is a wheaty, grassy taste (how many of those who've used this word have actually eaten grass, I wonder?). This is something you could have a six of with buddies, beer geeks or not. Very accessible.

Not a fantastic beeer, but above average in all respects. A very nice pale.

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a big, fluffy white head that really hangs on stubbornly and leaves some spotty lacing.

The smell is almost that of an IPA, with lots of light fruity hops, especially pineapple and lemon. It smells a lot like some of the dry-hopped IPAs I've had. A bit of a bready malt backbone as well.

The taste dials it back toward a typical APA with less hop presence and a little more of the biscuity malts than the aroma suggested.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and not quite as full as I would have liked.

This is a decent APA that has a pretty hopped up aroma and a more balanced malt-forward taste where the hops offer more of a supporting role.

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Photo of Cresant
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was apricot in color and a little hazy. The head was eggshell white and moderate in size. It left thin sheets of lace and a cap of foam.

Smell was a bit detergent-like. Earthy, piney. Wheat bread dough. Nice.

Taste was of light bitterness and lots of fruity/citrus flavors. Enough sweetness to counterbalance but never overshadow the star -- hops.

Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected but adequate.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to try something from the midwest,I dont get enought midwestern wares anymore.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed medium golden with a bit of dark orange tintAromas a a little light mainly a mix of caramel/biscuit malt and citric hop.Well rounded flavors with the hops winning out by a nudge,starting out with a pretty firm lightly sweet caramel base,melding nicely into a nice prsh citrus/hop finish that lingers.A solid APA borderline IPA,quaffable and flavorful.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The APA has a golden orange glow that is dulled by a general haziness. The haziness adds a darker color. A small head, barely worth mentioning, didn't do anything.

S: The ale, even when cold, has a crisp cascade hop aroma. A toasted caramel grain dryness matches the hops.

T: The ale is malt-centric at first, grainy with toasted bread flavors. The hop bitterness is stronger than I would have thought, covering up the malts with a pleasant bitterness. Citrus flavors, slightly medicinal, are vibrant, well-balanced against the malts. A nice pale ale.

M: The breadiness of the malt sets the stage for the abundant hop profile. An APA that doesn't bore the palate.

D: With a name like Hopalicious, I was expecting a lupulin bomb. Instead I got a well-balanced pale ale with an assertive hop profile. A welcome surprise.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce shorty into a pint.

Pours a nice dark honwy with a rocky two finger head that has staying power and leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is of medicinal, but slightly floral hops with a little malt backbone, but not huge.

Flavor is fresh hops with a nice malty roll. Unfortunately the hops take on a more bitter piney, earthy character than the fresh grapefruit flavors I remember from the tap version. I think this bottle may have some months on it unfortunately. The malt is more pronounced here, which further leads me to believe that this beer mellows quite a bit in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium but lush, the carbonation is spot on.

Of course like every beer I like the fresh, draft version better, but this is still a good ale.

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Photo of abents
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a great cloudy golden amber with nice bright white head. Smells like a spring prairie, flowers, spiciness, with a hint of orange. Cascade all the way baby, this is one nice smelling brew. Taste is very refreshing, and hoppy. Big lemon, grapefruit, and orange being thrown in your face, with a nice bittnerness in the middle that follows into a pretty sweet finish that leaves you wanting more. A hoppy pale ale for sure, but still a very nice drinking fallback beer anytime I can find it on tap. Good brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with a small, tan head that left no lace.

S - It smelled very floral with notes of orange peel and some roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted of sharp, burnt toast malt with a sweet citrus zip.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty tasty APA. The Cascade hops really give it a floral touch.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Nov 2008.

Tried in 0.5 L Adambrau glass. Small very tight off white head. Cloudy golden caramel color. Aroma almost bursts from bottle but then quickly fades. Aroma of sweet fresh hops, almost buttery, citrus, caramel. Flavor is lighter than the smell, starts sweet and caramel becoming citrusy and slightly bitter. Finishes with a somewhat stale popcorn flavor. Medium body.

Expected more of a hop bite from this one.

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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off it should be pointed out this is an APA although it has the hop flavor of a good IPA...sure the body is a little thin when you think IPA but for an APA it is fine...perhaps a little on the light side but in the right area...

Hops are fantastic....awesome aroma and taste of pineapples, mandarin oranges, and tangelos...milder notes of pine trees,lemons, limes, and a fresh bouquet of flowers...pale malt is the backbone but it has some mild toasty qualities.

This is the type of beer I could drink every day...literally...if I had a kegerator this would be a great call....rivals the Mpls Rock Bottom Simcoe hopped pale ale I love so much (Itasca) but with a different hop featured...

The bottle says it all...a lot of great hop without crazy bitterness....totally on the mark...this is what good hop usage is all about.

Top notch brew!!!

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Bright golden honey with a touch of copper in the back. Head is soft and fluffy, 3/4" and super sticky. Beer pours nice and clear.

S. Very citrusy like peeled oranges and also a slight pine scent adding to the freshness of this one.

T. Pleasantly bitter and a little bit perfumy in the mouth. Very dry and sharp. Could be a little more balanced with the malt.

M. Light and lacking a little bit in the texture due to the lack of malt backing. Carbonation is nice.

D. Its OK. Not my favorite of the style but I could drink this while brewing or working outside. I like hops, so it does the trick.

Special thanks to asmokingoat for this one!

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Photo of Soneast
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden to almost orange color, with a creamy white colored head, that sticks around for awhile leaving a hint of bubbly lace all the way down the glass.

Has a strong floral, citrus hop aroma up front followed by a thick, resiny pine smell, that has just a minor hint of caramel and sweet malts.

The flavor of this beer is full of freshly cut grass freshness, some delectable grapefruit, citrus and floral notes with an almost black pepper spiciness as well, and a very nice, yet subdued sweet malt background that balances out bitterness quite well, leaving you with a delicious sugared grapefruit aftertaste.

A very good light-bodied APA that still manages to feel creamy in the mouth, and retain a nice refreshing carbonation factor. I have had this out of a bottle and would give that about a B, however on tap at Ale Asylum is where this beer really shines, undoubtedly due to the freshness which really makes the hop profile "pop."

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Photo of deereless
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Resiny head along the edges of the glass, slightly opaque, color of a dark peach juice - 4.00, S: Nicely hopped aroma, lots of citrus and pineapple, possibly even some mild bubblegum, balanced with some biscuity malt - 4.50, T: Lots of bitter bite in this brew, hops play the primary role, I detect Cascade, there is the faintest hint of some other grain in this beer - maybe a rye - 4.25, M: Medium bodied - 4.00, D: Though identified as an Pale Ale this one borders on the line of an IPA, I would happily purchase this beer again - 4.50

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Photo of eyncognito
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with copperish tint, one finger of white head-decent retention and moderate lacing. Hop aroma is a mixture of citrus and grass with a mellow caramel malt scent in the mix. Taste follows the aroma-big hit of pithy grapefruit before the hops mellow, pleasant cascade finish. Light bodied, perfect for an APA. this has been one of my go-to APAs since i moved to madison and i haven't looked back. easily meets the snpa lithmus test for quality APA.

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